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post #1 of 9
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How often do you clean your pump? I have a manual that I only use when I get engorged and remember to use it instead of hand expression. So far I've used it twice in 3 months lol. Anyways, Do I need to sanatize it every time I use it? I don't have dishwasher so otherwise I just do a quick brush over with soap and rinse before using it.  Hoping that's enough. 

post #2 of 9

I did once have to throw out a part of a manual pump because it got junk up in a part I couldn't clean and it started growing green stuff. Ick! If you are using it that seldom I would boil the pieces for a few minutes after each use, or if you can't do that, use one of those microwave disinfectant bags. I definitely would not just rinse & use soap and then stick it back on the shelf for another month. 

post #3 of 9
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Ack. I just realized a part of what I wrote got deleted lol. 

 

I would like to start using it more. The few times I used it before I would disinfect after and then wash&rinse before each use. However, now I am hoping to use it every day to build up a stash, especially since LO seems to be going on left boob strikes lately.

post #4 of 9

Ok, that makes a little more sense... I looked around a little and wow is there a wide variety of information. Medela recommends doing the boiling once a day. So according to them my dishwasher regime would have been inadequate... But my current dishwasher has a "sanitize" setting. I don't know what that means though. Meanwhile the FDA has a piece on their website which suggests that just hand-washing is sufficient, but given my experience with green gunk, I am skeptical... I bet that points of view vary widely on this. Sorry, I am not very helpful. 

post #5 of 9
Can you try sanitizing in the microwave rather than in boiling water? Might be easier.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

We don't have a microwave :( 

 

I'm about to give up anyways. I just can't pump.. It's uncomfortable when not mega engorged and I can only get like 1oz out and I KNOW I leak that much during a feeding. I guess my sister had no luck with them either. 

post #7 of 9

Have you tried an electric pump? Hand pumps sometimes work less well than electric, depending on the person. 

post #8 of 9
I second trying an electric pump. They have single ones you can buy if you aren't going to be using it a lot. I think the parts are easier to clean in an electric one too. At least with my Medela ones they are. I have a Medela hand pump and a double-electric. I was told that washing with soap is totally sufficient with normal use. Make sure it air dries well. One thing I read that was encouraging is that pumping is a learned skill. You can get more milk with practice. Getting one ounce doesn't mean that that is all you can pump. You may also want to check out the Milkies milk saver. http://www.amazon.com/Milkies-Milk-Saver-Breast-Collector-Storage/dp/B001SMBRWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383341562&sr=8-1&keywords=milkies You can wear it while you are nursing and it will catch what you leak. That may work better for you.
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Originally Posted by pokeyAC View Post

I second trying an electric pump. They have single ones you can buy if you aren't going to be using it a lot. I think the parts are easier to clean in an electric one too. At least with my Medela ones they are. I have a Medela hand pump and a double-electric. I was told that washing with soap is totally sufficient with normal use. Make sure it air dries well. One thing I read that was encouraging is that pumping is a learned skill. You can get more milk with practice. Getting one ounce doesn't mean that that is all you can pump. You may also want to check out the Milkies milk saver. http://www.amazon.com/Milkies-Milk-Saver-Breast-Collector-Storage/dp/B001SMBRWO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383341562&sr=8-1&keywords=milkies You can wear it while you are nursing and it will catch what you leak. That may work better for you.

 

I was wondering how to find these! Do I just need one set? Those suckers are pricey. =/

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